End of the Year Watermelon Day

Click here to learn all about watermelon day.  Watermelon Day is a great way to celebrate with students in school, homeschool or for a birthday part.  You'll find ideas here for Science projects, math projects and reading projects.  These activities are engaging and educational.  Perfect for first, second, third, fourth, or fifth grade students.

Watermelon Day is one of the best days in school ever! Your kids are engaged and learning and you are having a blast.  What more could you want?  

Of course Watermelon Day has to be full of watermelon food and drink.  We have watermelon, watermelon juice, watermelon candy and have bubble blowing contests with watermelon bubble gum when possible.  I ask for donations from the parents and we buy as much as the money will purchase for us and sometimes that's just watermelon and rubber bands which is still a blast.

We learn a fun watermelon song by the Biscuit Brothers which you can find by clicking here.  A big warning that the song is a little cheesy and gets stuck in your head!

The best part of our day is our STEM project.  The STEM project tests the limits of force and motion using rubber bands and a watermelon.  You can see the video below.  After doing this lesson for a few years now I have a few suggestions for you.  The first suggestion is to buy your watermelon early so it's nice and ripe when it's time to do the project.  The second suggestion is to buy at least 6 bags of #64 rubber bands. Walmart sells them in the office supply section for around $1.50/bag.  The rubber bands that you use really matter.  You'll want ones that are thicker and stretch the diameter of the fruit.  My next suggestion is to place the rubber bands in the same spot on the watermelon.  In my video my rubber bands are spread out too much and it takes longer.  This brings us to my last suggestion.  Complete the experiment with at least two other adults. This way you can help each other out and switch out when your hands get tired.  If you do it by yourself you will have several blisters on your fingers.  The experiment takes between 1-2 hours.  If your students are younger than 2nd grade you may want to pre-load some rubber bands.



Click here to learn all about watermelon day.  Watermelon Day is a great way to celebrate with students in school, homeschool or for a birthday part.  You'll find ideas here for Science projects, math projects and reading projects.  These activities are engaging and educational.  Perfect for first, second, third, fourth, or fifth grade students.

When we are done exploding the watermelon we save the seeds, rinse them off and have a seed spitting contest that turns into a measurement lesson.  With each lesson suggestion here you can tailor them to meet anywhere from kindergarten to high school.  Believe me when I say the adults are having just as much fun as the kids.

We read several different texts during our day.  When I taught first grade we used to read The Watermelon Seed.

Click here to learn all about watermelon day.  Watermelon Day is a great way to celebrate with students in school, homeschool or for a birthday part.  You'll find ideas here for Science projects, math projects and reading projects.  These activities are engaging and educational.  Perfect for first, second, third, fourth, or fifth grade students.

In second grade we read Watermelon Day.

Click here to learn all about watermelon day.  Watermelon Day is a great way to celebrate with students in school, homeschool or for a birthday part.  You'll find ideas here for Science projects, math projects and reading projects.  These activities are engaging and educational.  Perfect for first, second, third, fourth, or fifth grade students.

 While I was on Amazon it suggested the book below.  It looks like a great book, but I can't tell you for sure because I haven't previewed it.

Click here to learn all about watermelon day.  Watermelon Day is a great way to celebrate with students in school, homeschool or for a birthday part.  You'll find ideas here for Science projects, math projects and reading projects.  These activities are engaging and educational.  Perfect for first, second, third, fourth, or fifth grade students.

Aside from all of the fun above, we also have fun with coloring, learning about the history of watermelons and how to pick the perfect watermelon.  Those activities can be found by click the picture below.

Click here to learn all about watermelon day.  Watermelon Day is a great way to celebrate with students in school, homeschool or for a birthday part.  You'll find ideas here for Science projects, math projects and reading projects.  These activities are engaging and educational.  Perfect for first, second, third, fourth, or fifth grade students.

Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions!

End of the Year Camping Day


Click here to read all about Camping Day in the classroom.  Find fun read alouds and easy to  implement activities to bring learning to life in your classroom.  {kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, classroom, homeschool}

Who wants to go camping? Whether you are in a traditional classroom, homeschool classroom or just hanging out with friends camping inside while learning is a ton of fun.  As a teacher I LOVE Camping Day because you get a lot of bang for your buck.  You get a lot of bang for your buck because all you really need are blankets, books, flashlights, some lesson plans and a couple of cheap snacks and kids are engaged for hours learning.

Click here to read all about Camping Day in the classroom.  Find fun read alouds and easy to  implement activities to bring learning to life in your classroom.  {kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, classroom, homeschool}


Click here to read all about Camping Day in the classroom.  Find fun read alouds and easy to  implement activities to bring learning to life in your classroom.  {kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, classroom, homeschool}

Everyone loves a good read aloud and it's even better when it's done by flashlight.  You can read to the children and then send them back to their tents to read with flashlights and friends. This is a great way to have a reading lesson.  We love the book, "A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee"!

Click here to read all about Camping Day in the classroom.  Find fun read alouds and easy to  implement activities to bring learning to life in your classroom.  {kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, classroom, homeschool}


For writing I like to build a simple campfire out of a fan and tissue paper taped to the fan.  The fan rotates completely up so it blows the tissue up like flames.  I got it from Walmart.  I've seen this done with construction paper and logs too.  We use this to sit around and tell stories.  It's a great way to get speaking and listening standards into a fun writing lesson.

Click here to read all about Camping Day in the classroom.  Find fun read alouds and easy to  implement activities to bring learning to life in your classroom.  {kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, classroom, homeschool}

Tents are simple.  Everyone just brings in old blankets and uses whatever furniture, backpacks and other materials we have to construct tents.  My rule in the classroom is that it has to be open around the bottom so that I can see everyone.  You can construct these during science or math and make it into a lesson on engineering or measurement.

Click here to read all about Camping Day in the classroom.  Find fun read alouds and easy to  implement activities to bring learning to life in your classroom.  {kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, classroom, homeschool}

For treats I like to make S'mores bags.  It's just a mixture of Honey Grahams, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.  You could teach Science with this and do mixtures.  If you want to explore chemical changes you could bring in a toaster oven and make traditional S'mores.  Just make sure the fire marshal is far away that day.

Aside from all of the fun mentioned above I also have fun print and teach activities that I created for the day.  If you need more materials click on the picture below.

Click here to read all about Camping Day in the classroom.  Find fun read alouds and easy to  implement activities to bring learning to life in your classroom.  {kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, classroom, homeschool}

Click here to read all about Camping Day in the classroom.  Find fun read alouds and easy to  implement activities to bring learning to life in your classroom.  {kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, classroom, homeschool}


Fairy Tales - ELA Lesson Plans #26

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

Well hello end of the year! With only two weeks left of teaching, the plans are to SURVIVE! Seriously though all activities will be whole group and easy.  We will read a fairy tale, play a quiz game where I ask questions from the book and Dojo randomly selects students to answer.  After the book we will make a craft.  Then we will play minute to win it games and go through our writing unit.  You can find the writing plans by clicking on last week's plans.  Just like last week, we will not be writing anything during reading for Mrs. Labrasciano to grade.  It's survival of the fittest friends and no one has time for a bunch of grading two weeks before school is out.  Report card grades are due by Friday.  Scroll down if you want to see my quick, easy and inexpensive crafts.  Click back to last week if you want to see more fairy tale crafts.

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

These eyes are so much fun and only cost $1.  I bought a bag of gems from the Dollar Tree.  I painted the black so that it would be dry in time to add color.  Students use toothpicks to add yellow or other colors around the black. Once the second color dries they can go add a third color with a small paintbrush.  In the picture above you'll see that I experimented with glitter, but I decided against allowing students to use it.

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

These birds are so cute!! I used paper cups from the Dollar Tree along with scrap feathers and paper.  You will also need google eyes.  Students can put together any bird they like.  They represent the birds that ate the bread crumbs that Hansel left behind.

ELA Lesson Plans #25 Fairy Tales


 Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for The Frog Prince, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast and The Three Little Pigs.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

The end is near friends.  We have 15 days of school left and I am teacher tired.  The next three weeks of plans are going to be engaging, quick and simple.  No grading will be done because all students who follow directions and behave will have speaking standards and crafts.  Students who don't behave will have to write loooooooong summaries.  So you see it's best to just listen to Mrs. Labrasciano and have fun.  The crafts I've created are quick and easy so that students can work on them independently.  The materials are inexpensive because I, like all teachers this time of year am BROKE.  Check back next week for one more week of fairy tale fun and end of the year thematic units!!
Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for The Frog Prince, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast and The Three Little Pigs.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for The Frog Prince, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast and The Three Little Pigs.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}


Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for The Frog Prince, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast and The Three Little Pigs.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for The Frog Prince, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast and The Three Little Pigs.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

This craft was created with a paper plate, google eyes, red paper and a crown template.  For bellwork I will have students paint one side of the paper plate.  It's quick and easy because you just squeeze the paint on the plate.  The plates will dry within the hour and the students will paint the other side after reading "The Frog Prince".  Once the second side dries students will fold the plate in half, add the eyes, tongue and nose.  To finish off the craft students will use a crown template to create a crown for their frog.

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for The Frog Prince, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast and The Three Little Pigs.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

Our Ugly Duckling swan craft was created with one paper plate, a google eye and a scrap of orange paper.  Students cut through the center of the plate until they get to the ridges on the other side.  They then follow the ridges to cut out the neck and face.  They can use the scrap plate to create the wing.  Students place a bill and eye on the swan and voila, they have an adorable swan that didn't drive you bonkers.
Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for The Frog Prince, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast and The Three Little Pigs.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

The Three Little Pigs Craft was created with a sheet of pink paper and google eyes.  I give my students templates to cut out the circles and triangles.  Once they glue the shapes together they can add eyes, nose and mouth.

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for The Frog Prince, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast and The Three Little Pigs.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

For this craft I provide students with:  two rose printable, one/half Popsicle stick, one dot of clay, one cup and a circle.  Students color the roses.  When they are done they fold them in half and glue them together to make a 3d rose.  Then they glue the rose to the stick.  Once the rose dries they can use the clay to stick the rose onto the circle and place the glass on top.  For an added bonus we give these roses to their moms for Mother's Day.


Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for The Frog Prince, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast and The Three Little Pigs.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

The Snow White craft needs a small square of tin foil, a mirror template, blue paper and other decorating items in red and gold (if you want to stay with the Disney colors.). Students use the template to cut the mirrors out.  Then they glue the foil to the back. Once done they go wild decorating them and you get a few minutes of peace before you think about how much the custodians are going to hate you.

If you click on the link below you will find two weeks worth of my writing lesson plans and free materials.

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for The Frog Prince, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast and The Three Little Pigs.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

If you are in need of any print and go materials, templates or other fairy tale ideas, click below.  The Fairy Tale Minute To Win It Unit is one of my student's favorites!!

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for The Frog Prince, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast and The Three Little Pigs.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and quick crafts for fairy tales.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find materials and ideas for The Frog Prince, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast and The Three Little Pigs.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}




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Fairy Tale Writing


Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and anchor charts on writing narrative fairy tale pieces.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find information on characters, setting, plot and lessons within fairy tale writing.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

Who doesn't love a good fairy tale unit? Well to start some of my 2nd grade boys moan and complain every time they hear our unit is starting. However, by the end of the unit they are in love!! I explain over and over again that fairy tales can be packed with adventure, gross things and magical creatures that would make Voldemort cringe.  This is especially true when it comes to writing our own fairy tales.   The key is to get the child to dig deep into the story structure and elaborate on everything.  That's a lot easier said than done, right?  Not really, in order to make these fairy tales happen I take it slow with my students.  The first day we read a fairy tale and only look at character analysis.  Then the students create their main character.  That's not too daunting.  The second day we read another fairy tale and make our setting analysis.  On the third day we take a look at our story's lesson and plot.  After all of the hard work is done bit by bit, we finally dive into a writing plan and detail everything.  It's so important to teach students how to plan and that with the plan writing is much more organized and fun.  After the plan is done we just take the story paragraph by paragraph until we have a well elaborated B,M,M,E and just like that 10 days have passed.  The sense of pride that students have when they are done is awe inspiring.  Below you will see the anchor charts that I use with my students.


Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and anchor charts on writing narrative fairy tale pieces.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find information on characters, setting, plot and lessons within fairy tale writing.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and anchor charts on writing narrative fairy tale pieces.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find information on characters, setting, plot and lessons within fairy tale writing.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and anchor charts on writing narrative fairy tale pieces.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find information on characters, setting, plot and lessons within fairy tale writing.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and anchor charts on writing narrative fairy tale pieces.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find information on characters, setting, plot and lessons within fairy tale writing.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

If you are interested in my detailed plans and outlines, I have them listed for free.  Just click on the picture below.  
Click here to find free lesson outlines, materials and anchor charts on writing narrative fairy tale pieces.  Perfect for the first, second and third grade student.  Included you'll find information on characters, setting, plot and lessons within fairy tale writing.  {1st, 2nd, 3rd, first, second, third, elementary, homeschool}

and we lived happily ever after, THE END!

25 Inexpensive Phonics Manipulatives

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

How often is your child or student building words each week? Phonics, word building and spelling practice are all essential components of building readers and writers.  As children get older we seem to become more relaxed about their phonics practice, but they really should have a regular systematic routine through 5th grade.  In my classroom we play a lot of phonics games which require reading and then we like to build the words from the phonics games.  This taps into multiple learning styles and keeps the kids engaged while they learn.  No one wants to write the words over and over again every year.  That's boring for the children and the teachers! Plus who has time to grade all of those sheets?  I've tried to include enough options so that you could put together at least 10 of them with items that you have laying around or so that you can purchase them inexpensively.  

Two rules for children that make these a breeze are: 1.  Lay all centers with letter manipulatives out in ABC order before you begin. 2.  Clean up after every word so that you don't have a HUGE mess by the end.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

If you have a button jar  in the closet they are great for students to use to build words.  I was lucky enough to have these buttons from something that I made for my daughter.  Unfortunately I was short one s, but I had another tile to fill in.  I believe the buttons came from JoAnn's Craft Store.  Their buttons go on sale regularly and you can use your teacher discount on the sale.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

This paper roll came from the paint section in Walmart for about $3.  I used it for a paint project and had a ton left over.  Kids love getting out of their routine and trying something new.  We roll this across our guided reading table or along the floor.  It's fun watching the whole class work on it.  You could use bulletin paper from school if it's free for you.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Technically not a manipulative, but too good not to include.  Plus this one is free and often ends up being the kids favorite option! They can write in cursive, bubble letters, hairy letters, what ever they want to as long as they are building words.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Most likely you have highlighters laying around.  Students can make lists and highlight them once they check the spelling.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Kids love little things and collections.  Altoid boxes are fun to use and make great storage containers.  This one is great to take in the car!  These letters came from JoAnn's in the jewelry section.  Make sure to wait for a sale and use your discount!

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

When we were kids this was routine.  Now kids don't get to use chalkboards that much! This chalk board came from Target Bulleye's section for $3.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Use whisper phones when you don't want to clean up anything and need some peace and quiet! They are easy to assemble.  Check for the parts in the PVC section of your local hardware store.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

This one is fun! For the older kids little sandwich containers from the Dollar Store work great.  Larger containers are nice for the younger kids.  For children with sensory disorders you can let them use pencils if they prefer.  Use whatever you have in your pantry so that you don't need to buy anything else!  You could even use shaving cream.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

 Who doesn't love new markers?

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Apparently a rash of teachers have buyer's remorse over these letter boards.  Whenever you can get students to build words on seems like a great idea to me! You can find these boards all over including Walmart, Target and your local craft stores.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Students love this one and you will to if you tell them to put each letter back after they stamp it.  You might also want to have partners work on one word at a time.  Once I figured this procedure out my life was so much better than finding 50 stamps on the floor that the kids couldn't put back quickly.  The smaller letter sets came from the scrapbooking section in Joanns for $1.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Die cuts are fun and readily available.  I used a preprinted one that was given to me in this picture, but your construction paper at school or home will work great too!

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

You can find bingo dabbers on Amazon, school supply stores and wherever the Bingo ladies go! (I don't know where that is though.)

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

These wooden letters came from Walmart.  You can find them at craft stores too.  They will need to be painted.  If you can find a set big enough, you could make these and the letter clips that you will find below.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Kids love writing with pens.  Start with giving them boring colors so they are super excited when they get to rainbow write.  (You stretch your money out better this way.)

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

 I almost didn't add this one because smelly markers can be more expensive, but I figured if you have them already you wouldn't be spending anything.  There are also a lot of different brands now that go on sale.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

 These magnets and cookie sheet came from Walmart for 98 cents each.  This is another great thing to keep in the car, except for Florida, Texas and Southern California in the summer.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

When the weather is nice go outside and build words on the concrete!

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

This center takes patience, but it's worth it because kids need fine motor activities.  The containers and beads came from the Dollar Store.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

The stamps in the picture are play dough stamps that came with play dough for $5.  You could also use cookie cutters that the Dollar Store carries sometimes.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

How adventurous are you feeling? Save this for a day when you have lots of energy.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

These are small wooden letters from Walmart and clothes pins.  Just paint and hot glue. I store them in alphabetical order on rulers.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

You can find foam letters in Walmart, Target or any craft store.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Once one pen gets boring let students choose to rainbow write.  This works great at the end of the year when you need extra engagement.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Look around and see what you have.  These tiles came from a hang man travel game that my kids used.  When they got older I took the letters for a center.  I also have a ton of letter stickers that someone gave me.  Get creative and have fun!

If you are curious what systematic phonics I use in class, I added my phonics games below.  These are the games that my students play before they build words.  Just click on the picture.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Connecting Events in Informational Text - ELA Lesson Plans #24

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

 This week we'll be taking a look at the standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.3
Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.  More specifically we'll be focusing on scientific concepts/ideas like life cycles.  The focus will be on reading for detail and determining how each stage is important to the next.  Monday - Thursday we will stay together as a class and learn about:  orange trees, bees, ladybugs and watermelons.  On Friday the students can choose a topic of their choice and work with a partner determining how the life cycle events connect together.  You can see a picture of my anchor chart and book choices below.


Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

To find the print and teach materials that I developed for these lesson outlines, click on the picture below.



Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.